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>>> we begin with breaking news on this tuesday, april 6th. >>> tragedy in west virginia. a huge jump overnight in the number of miners killed by an underground explosion. >> now, more than two dozen, plunging a community into mourning. >> it's a coal mining community. when you hear that many ambulances, it has to be something bad. >> this morning, the latest on the recovery mission. and looking into a company with a history of problems. >>> good morning. and thanks for being with us. i'm vinita nair. >> and i'm todd connor, in for jeremy hubbard today. the explosion at a west virginia coal mine has now become the nation's worst such disaster in a quarter-century. >> overnight, massey energy announced that 25 of its miners are dead. and the dangerous mission to rescue four more has stopped. when families were told the news overnight, some became hysterical. >> this is taking place at the upper big branch main. t.j. winick is tracking the overnight developments for us. t.j.? >> reporter: the explosion at the undergrod coal mine happened about 3:00 monday afternoon. miner steve smi
is happening in northe virginia on roads. >> water main break at tysons corner. sarah simmons is live. >> reporter: it's a 20-inch water main break. this happened at about 3:00 this morning. the water is shut off. and you can see the massive crater left behind. this is 123 norbound between international drive and the beltway. at this point theyare still trying to figure out if the road is safe. they are hoping they can get one lane open on the northbound side, otherwise this will be a while. the road has buckled. they say it could be eight pl hours or maybe even all day or possibly more to get the road fixed and driveable once again. v-dot is telling us this was due to a construction crew overnight that was working here on a hot lane project and they were boring underneath the surface to install piping for the project and that is when the break occurred. now falls church water authority have been out here as well. they shut off the water and are saying there are a few outages and mostly in tysons corner. you might have water but at a low pressure. it will be a traffic nightmare. 123 s
to route 29 in centreville and here at 50 over to 123. north of the beltway in virginia, no issues on the inner loop from braddock to 66 right now. everything is moving well. moving to the beltway in maryland, we have a disabled vehicle to watch for. it is on the outer loop ramp from route 50. it is blocking the ramp there and here no problems. we are starting to see a delay from university over to georgia. moving our graphics. route 4, route 5, 301, a little volume starting to build out here but no incidents to report and finally if you are heading in to the district, no problems. suitland parkway and south capital street. everything is clear in to the district. >> at the top of the hour, a story that is new at 6:00 here on 9 news now. mystery over the taped beating of a university of maryland student. you have seen the video of the student attacked by police last month. the the university is calling for an inquiry in to a another recording that has a 90 minute gap. it was subpoenaed by the victim's attorney. four police officers are on suspension pending an investigation. >>> tod
million. >>> west virginia's governor is asking for the same guy that handled the sago mine disaster to look in to the explosion last week. he is the head of the safety administration. they say upper big branch should have received a warning letter in october about a potential pattern of safety violations, but a computer program failed to include eight citations at the mine. >>> time for another "living $mart" report and jessica doyle has more on the warning about a lexus suv. >> that's right. of course you told people about this consumer warning at this time yesterday. the news is consumer reports urging people not to guy the lexus gx-460 because of safety problems and now toyota told lexus dealers to stop selling the 2010 suv until the problem is fixed. in one of consumer reports emergency handling tests the suv was shown losing control in a way that could lead to a rollover, raising the risk of serious injury or death. toyota is providing a loaner car for drivers too concerned to continue to driving the gs- 460. the don't buy warning is a rarity from consumer reports. >>> fewer pe
in your stomach when you know something is bad. >> this morning in west virginia, crews are not letting go of hope that they may still find survivors. fox 5 morning news at 6:00 continues right now. spars. >>> glad you're with us at 6:00 as we take a look at traffic commuting on the wilson bridge this morning. very comfortable commute although you might need the ac for the trip home today. thank you for waking up with fox 5 morning news this tuesday morning. i'm steve chenevey. >> i'm gurvir dhindsa. we'll get to our weather in just a minute. we do want to give you the latest on that deadly palestine exploon in west virginia. 25 workers are dead and four are still missing. the search has been called off because of poor ventilation. that is happening in west virginia about 30 miles outside of charleston. >> officials say the chances of survival are slim but the crews don't want to give up. they do still consider this a rescue mission. they will go back inside once it is safe. missing miners did not make it to one of the two chambers stocked with food and extra oxygen however. >>> here in th
if he'll ever go back down in the mines again. that's the mind-set in west virginia. this is what we do, we mine coal. >> of course his mother grieving the loss of her other son and two grandsons. he was grieving the loss of one of his sons. >> absolutely. it was unimaginable. i spent a lot of time with that family and saw a lot of strength, a lot of faith and a horrendous amount of pain, too. >> sherry mcgraw, you do a wonderful job and you guys at the red cross do a wonderful job. thank you. you were up with the family. they couldn't do it without you. everybody is worried about families. thank you so much. one of the other things we've been talking about is mine safety. there are a lot of questions being raised about safety at this mine. there have been a number of violations. let's bring in kevin strickland, you're with the mine safety administration. i've seen you quoted on the wires. was this a safe mine? >> i think we'll hold off comment until we do the investigation. i realize they had a lot of violations. my guys are trained if they see a violation that the company hasn't corre
to follow that deadly mine explosion in west virginia this morning. it is a quiet and serene scene now. but that is only a cover for the grief and sadness in this small community. >> 25 miners were killed and four still missing after yesterday's explosion in montcoal, west virginia but the rescue effort is on hold as crews work to ventilate toxic gas from the mine. will thomas is in montcoal with the latest now. >> reporter: good morning. the rescue effort continues. there are still four miners unaccounted for inside and trapped. rescuers were pulled out overnight because there is such a strong buildup of carbon monoxide, it is simply too dangerous. so they are digging three giant holes to vent out the area and about 1100 feet below where they believe the miners are at. they're going to try and let some fumes out so send rescuers back inside. the west virginia governor is with virginia families and saying the families are not giving up hope. >> they don't expect to have that completed until sometime this evening andwe can't risk the recovery or search and rescue until we know it's safe
compete better with delta. >>> coming up tonight, the governor of virginia adding new language to a proclamation about confederate history month after a national outcry. >>> big fire blew out the windows of a highrise in boston. >>> nike out with a new commercial. >>> the orlando magic getting a little bit tricky against the wizards tonight. baseball season is in full swing. nationals trying to crack into the win column. >>> the governor of virginia is making changes to a controversial proclamation declaring april confederate history month in virginia. bob mcdonnell issued that proclamation, he said to promote tourism in the state in advance of the 150th anniversary of the start of the civil war. virginia was the capital of the confederacy then and a major civil war battleground. but the declaration left out anti-slavery. it agrees it is important to for all virginians to understand the institution of slavery led to this war and was an evil and inhumane practice. >>> d.c. public school teachers could get a dramatic pay raise and tougher work standards if a new union contract is
person? >> he was last seen driving a 1999 silver at zero with virginia check -- virginia tags -- silver acura with virginia tags. >> maryland senators had amended a bill considering giving schools and police new powers to deal with gangs. coming up, traffic is slow around the convention center. we will tell you how residents are coping. >> plus, the short list of possible supreme court nominees. >> and rescuers go into a west virginia mine. >> a nussle year in the the weather center. good looking stuff -- i am if i had to sit on a bench during the middle of a game due to diabetes it would frustrate me. in a basketball game a couple minutes could mean a big momentum shift. my bayer meter is very important. (announcer) only bayer's contour meter has programmable personal high low settings. it allows me to be able to look at my highs and lows to make sure that my diabetes is being controlled as tightly as possible. with my bayer meter i don't miss valuable game time. i'm alana burns and staying in the game is my simple win. (announcer) the contour meter, only from bayer. >> a somber servic
of your fox 5 on-time traffic. >>> more breaking news on the deadlmine explosion in west virginia. emergency crews have suspended the search now because the oxygen levels are too low. they are still trying to reach at least four missing miners but they admit the chance for survival is slim. it is the worst mining disafter ther in more than two decades. >> it is happening in raleigh county, west virginia. ainsley earhart has more. >> reporter: ambulances surround the massey energy company's upper big branch mine in raleigh county, west virginia. about 0 miles south of charleston. dozens were working in the coal mine athe time. explosion. search crews are combing the mine looking for survivors. >> we are hoping they possibly made it to one of the refuge chambers that are in place on the working section. >> reporter: people are now holding onto hope that those missing are still alive. >> it is a rescue operation. it is definitely not a recovery operation. refuge chambers have the ability to have 9 # hours of oxygen in them. so we have time on our side. >> reporter: as crews work into
. it was in back of the vehicle. >> all right, lindsey, thank you for that. west virginia's governor says family members of the men still missing after a mine explosion are holding on to a sliver of hope. but about an hour ago, officials announced the gas in the mine is too dangerous for rescuers to get back inside. this is all taking place in the tiny town of monte coal, west virginia. katherine brown has the latest. >> reporter: crews are making headway high above a west virginia mine where four men are still missing. they are drilling holes through a thousand feet of earth and rock. >> we put an exhausting fan on that hole. >> rescuers can't go back in until the gas gets vented out. investigators believe a buildup of methane contributed to the huge explosion that killed 25 miners on monday. but this is still a rescue operation until the other four miners are located. >> everyone is holding on to the hope that their dad or that's their brother or that's their son. >> crews on the surface are trying to send a signal to the missing men who may have been able to make it to an airtight chambe
virginia that, desperate search for survivors at the mine there. rescue workers are drilling holes into the upper big branch mine to try and ventilate the area where the four missing workers may be trapped right now. it could take up to 12 hours to get that air in. norah o'donnell is in montcoal west virginia this morning. what's the latest on the efforts to try to reach survivors if there are any. >> good morning. the good news is that the drilling has begun. they're going to go down some 1100 feet in order to try to reach four miners still missing. the governor of this state tells meet odds are long that they'll be able to find those miners alive. they were searching for them late last night but they called off the efforts because they were concerned about dangerous methane levels. so as you pointed out, they're going to have to drill a hole down 1100 feet to release some of those gases before rescuers can go back in. listen to how governor mansion described to me what they're concerned about. >> methane levels got so high that it was unanimous they decided no bring them out beca
. this is 95 live in virginia. could it and out of baltimore. heavier volume but pretty good shape. >> thank you. >>> 6:01. we have breaking news where president obama and russian president are about to sign a landmark nuclear arms treaty. this is the so-called new start treaty and calls for each country to reduce its nuclear weapons stockpile by a third. president obama outlined his goal of eliminating nuclear weapons carried this treat must be approved by the senate and the russian parliament. we will follow this story as it breaks. >>> a diplomat cause in mid air scare late last night after reportedly lighting a cigarette in an airplane bathroom. this happened on a flight to denver. the man apparently made a joke about the shoe bomb. no one is laughing this morning. pamela brown has the latest details. good morning. >> this is a bizarre storyhat at one time was very alarming. a diplomat was supposedly on his way to denver on official and the seed business occurred he found himself at the center of a terror investigation. this is because of a cigarette and a joke. this is the scene on the
commercial interruption. first, continuing coverage of breaking news from west virginia. disaster in a coal mine and the ongoing rescue effort to save lives. plus, in-depth tonight. inside what's being called america's bullying epidemic. >> she was getting bullied. >> i think it's very sad; very sad. >> >> shepard: it happens in schools all across the nation. >> i did bullying him. >> kids picking on classmates, teasing them, pushing them to their breaking points. >> they would knock books out of his hands in school. >> now i wish i could take it back. >> they attacked his self-esteem. they attacked his physical appearance. >> tonight, the frightening truth about children bullied to death and jonathan hunt hosts a special live chat from florida. plus, it hit with devastating force. >> you couldn't even walk outside. everything was moving. >> shepard: everywhere you look, evidence of its power. tonight, inside the aftermath of the easter sunday earthquake. first, continuing coverage of news breaking now. at least six people are confirmed dead after an explosion at a coal mine in west virgini
is setting in between germantown road area to 370. virginia, virginia. we are keeping an eye on your roads, as well. 66 eastbound tracking the taillights. normal slow go 50 to 123. 395 northbound. total drive time about 15 minutes or so to get from duke to seminary. no incidents along the way and before that on 95 from 123 to lorton we are below speed. that's the traffic. now, back to you. >>> new this morning, a fire sends two georgetown university workers to the hospital. the fire happened around 2:30 this morning on them second floor of the new north building. the two men injured suffered first-degree burns to their arms and legs. no word on what started the blaze. georgetown student newspaper the hoya reports there is some water damage. >>> you have just under 18 hours to get your taxes in to uncle sam. for everyone where last-minute questions, we have help for you this morning with a special tax tip thursday report we go live to jessica doyle. she's at the friendship heights post office in northwest washington. good morning. >> good morning. we are in the home stretch. 8:00 this morni
working with virginia tech parents on closing the so- called gun show background check loopholes nationwide. >>> our time coming up on 6:30. arizona is a battleground for illegal immigration. sandra endo reports this plan will be in this spotlight on captiol hill today. >> reporter: tough new border security proposals in arizona. it's a big effort to curb illegal immigration which some in the state say is causing major problems. >> those crossing the border illegally are increasingly armed and the violence across our southern border and in arizona has increased. >> reporter: the state lawmakers passed what is considered some of the toughest border security legislation in the nation. local police would now be able to investigate a person's status, regardless of whether the individual is suspected of any other crime, which was the extent of the law before. the state's two republican senators are also pushing a 10- point plan which would include dispatching 3,000 national guard troops to the border. >> people are fed up and the federal government hasn't done what it needs to do to s
in virginia, those ramps should be reopening at 66 here as we take a live look near the little river, 236 exit and at the mixing bowl. the ramps should be opening about now. on 395 northbound. drivers are moving at speed from the beltway to the 14 t street bridge. and inbound new york avenue, you are clear all the way to the third street tunnel. back to you. >>> just as things appeared heading to back to normal in the skies over europe, another eruption from the volcano in iceland threatens to wreak havoc again. 9 news now reporter kristin fisher is live from dulles airport with more. good morning, kristin. >> reporter: good morning, andrea. there's some good news here. europe has started to allow some limited air traffic. in fact today flights took off from amsterdam and moscow, but, and here's the bad news, there is more volcanic ash from an even stronger eruption. scientists say the volcano is strengthening and say a new ash cloud is heading straight to europe which is threatening to keep the runways grounded a sixth straight day. originally it appeared the giant plume was beginning to clea
and abandonment may be filed in virginia. authorities in tennessee trouble with the legal ramifications of the case. >> is hard to say which direction we are going to go. we will meet with d a's office tomorrow morning. we will try to figure out which is the best charge. >> investigators say this woman sent the boy on a plane alone back to russia with a note saying he had psychological problems. >>> late tonight myland's senate voted to approve a bill that increases sex offenders' sentences. also, a sex offender registry is headed for a vote. but texting bills are unresolved. >>> maryland senators killed an effort to bring card games to rosecroft race track. >>> a symbolic milestone of the country's economic recovery. the dow jones industrial average closed over 11,000 for the first time in the year. >>> the numbers are dropping if you are talking about temperatures. do not expect to the's warm weather to occur tomorrow. doug hill has the first look at what is the come tomorrow morning. >>> things are starting to turn a little bit cooler. let's check out the temperatures. down to 52 deg
.vitac.com >> we start with the setback in the search for four missing coal miners in west virginia. rescue crews made it inside the mine and they were forced to turn back because of the terrible air quality. >> they are in danger and that's the whole intent of evacuating them from the mine. >> okay, cnn's brooke bolduan on the scene from west virginia. first, the setback has got to be really tough to take for the family members waiting for any news at this point. >> reporter: yeah. i mean, i think a setback is probably an understatement. even among members of the media, we've been living, breathing, eating this story for the last four days and when mr. stricklin said it was a setback, they outlined the three different scenarios that the rescue crew his going into that mine, and we were all hoping for scenario number one that they would reach 5,000 feet either one or both of the rescue chambers that if there was any hope that the four missing miners had survived. that was not the case because the air quality, the methane levels and the carbon monoxide was so awful they could not risk these 32 res
into areas of virginia. what we are going to have is this line coming through with generally showers, probably moderate showers and temperatures that will be dropping in a hurry. the blue dot is where the wind damage was today. tomorrow, a cool one for us. we' don't expect to see the return of 80 degree heat for a while. >>> that massive ash cloud coming from a volcano in iceland grounded thousands of flights in europe and delayed passengers over the world. air space won't reopen until tomorrow afternoon at the earliest. many european travelers are scrambling to book train tickets but for those passengers trying to get across the atlantic from dulles, frustration is building. >> we were told we meant to rebook ourselves. we could have been on an earlier flight. >> it's stressful. i have work and a lot of things i have to get back to. >> british airways and other airlines canceled all flights in and out of london tomorrow. the ash cloud is impacting u.s. military flights, particularly wounded troops who need to be transported to medical facilities. patients from the frontlines in iraq
. >>> our time now 6:08. rescuers going back into a west virginia mine this morning, hoping to rescue four miners trapped since monday's explosion. in three minutes, the latest from the scene. >>> right now, weather and traffic. >> good morning. a fine start to the day. it's rather mild out there in maryland but late this afternoon, especially north and west of town we're going to have to watch for maybe strong thunderstorms. we'll get you going with a look at the day -- across maryland, a mild start. as we go through the noon hour, you can see temperatures rise, upper 70s, now low 80s in a few spots. even oakland, maryland, could be upper 60s. in the afternoon, watch out, we'll see a little lightning of thunder develop from west-to-east. 5:00, western maryland seeing some of that. moving potentially toward central maryland as well for the drive home. talk about the drive in, here's angie. >> out in silver spring, do watch out if you're traveling on 16th street approaching the circle, that is where we have a report of an accident. moving over to river road and goldsboro road, no issues her
whether survivors made it into the escape rooms in a west virginia coal mine. rescuers are starting to go down the mine shaft. >>> fighter jets scramble for what appeared to be a threat on united airlines flight last night. a diplomat is accused of causing a major scare. >>> look at the person sitting next to you. chances are really good only one of you will pay any federal income tax this year. although i have to say whoever is sitting next to you at this hour is probably the person you woke up with. >>> breaking news, four rescue teams are ready to go into the coal mine in west virginia to search for four missing miners. it has been almost four days since an explosion killed 25 miners. the air quality inside the mine has been do dangerous for rescuers to look for survivors. it could take them about three hours just to reach the area where the miners might be. >> as we proceed, there will be judgments made about how far they do continue on the rescue efforts, based on the conditions that they run into, and this is always, you know, an activity that we get into in mine rescue. we are hope
virginia miners. crews have been met with dangerous levels of gases underground. >>> and as many as 20 people are displaced after an early morning. it took nearly 70 firefighters to put out the flames. "news 4 midday" begins right now. good morning, everyone, and weldcom to "news 4 midday." i'm eun yang in for barbara harrison today. thursday, april 8th, 2010. >>> a diplomat, an illegal smoke break and some miscommunication. that's all it took to set off a massive terror scare in the air. it involved a flight heading from reagan to denver, and this morning we're learning more about the confusion on board. news 4's tracee wilkins reports. >> reporter: when they say no smoking on a plane, they are absolutely serious about that. a diplomat found that out last night, and so did a plane full of people. mohammed yaaqob y.m. al madadi, a qatari diplomat, is accused of having a quick smoke in the lavatory of an airplane. that urge ended with him in custody and fighter jets in tow. it started yesterday on a flight headed from reagan international airport to denver. the "today" show interviewed
will be closed. >> i will talk about travel times, which are in our favor along 270, 95. not bad in virginia. normal stuff on 66 out of manassas to get into vienna. 123 is open between international drive and the beltway. 95 in springfield. the normal pattern on the left side. headlights are northbound on the way to the pentagon. >> thank you. >>> we begin with breaking news. a violent night in howard county. four people were shot. pamela brown is live on the scene with some late breaking details. >> we know that two juveniles were shot and were taken to shock trauma. we're not sure about their condition. you can see crime solvers are on the scene looking for any evidence to piece together what exactly happened shortly after midnight. my photographer will show the car. this car with shattered windows, shattered glass and bullet holes. we're not sure what transport and we're hoping to find out more information. a mile away, we went there earlier this morning. it is a trailer park. there was a shooting there. their work two people shot. one was taken to the hospital. we're not sure about their
at the site of the upper big branch mine. it's in mont coal, west virginia. bob barnard live in the newsroom with the very latest. >> reporter: the death toll is now seven. seven coal miners killed in raleigh county, west virginia. that's about 30 miles south of charleston. it's the scene of a massive rescue effort tonight with 19 coal miners unaccounted for trapped in a mountaintop mine owned by the largest coal mining company in that part of the country. safety officials say the seven miners killed died in an explosion around 3:00 this afternoon while leaving the site in a vehicle. two other men with them were hurt. officials say they don't know yet what caused the blast. >> we really just came to pray because we don't have immediate family in the mines but we know so many people that work here. our pastor works at this mine actually from our church. he wasn't in the mine but he's here. we're just praying and all we can do right now as a community is come together and pray because if you're from here, we're all coal mining family. my dad
returned their census forms. the breakdown also looks good for the washington region. in virginia, 57% of the forms have been returned. while in maryland, 54% of household forms have been returned. in the district, the number is 47%. but if you are one of the millions that have yet to return yours, you may want to get on that. tracie potts is working the big story this afternoon and is live on capitol hill. hi, tracie. >> reporter: good afternoon. today is not the deadline day yes. those numbers for maryland and virginia look good. they are above the national average. but this year, census officials say they think they may have a little more difficulty tracking people down because of the housing crisis. ♪ you probably heard those hip new ads and should have the census form by now. the government counts everyone live something the u.s. through april 1st which means this newborn will be one of the last ones counted. local officials are making a big deal at rallies all over the country today and here is why. >> every missed resident could lose $13,000. >> reporter: all about the money.
>>> coming up next on eyewitness news saturday morning, news out of west virginia. the search is over, the rescue operation for four missing miners has come to an end. what rescue workers discovered overnight. >>> end the call, talking on your cell phone while driving will soon cost you. when the ban will go in effect. >>> home opener let down, fans back orioles park, but leave disappointed as the birds let another one slip away. >>> a chilly start to your saturday. meteorologist tim williams is here with an updated look at the first warning weather forecast. eyewitness news saturday morning starts now. >>> good morning,. welcome to eyewitness news saturday, i'm gigi barnett. >>> i'm tim williams. it's a cool start. good morning to. >>> you chilly, cool,. >> all the cs as opposed to the hs, hazy, hot and humid. temperatures on target for where we should be this time of year. we have a few clouds out there. you see a lot of blue. a lot of sunshine. good day to be outside without being too hot. not the really warm temperatures we had earlier in the week. no 90s. we are closer to
to 64. that's a cooler spot. 70 in martinsburg, west virginia. our forecast for today, increasing clouds, showers and thunderstorms rolling in, but probably not until late this afternoon and evening. heaviest rains and shower chances coming after 8:00 p.m. this evening. for tomorrow, a lingering shower or two first thing this time tomorrow morning. sunshine breaking out by tomorrow afternoon it will feel cooler than average tomorrow, believe it or not, temperatures will stay in the mid to high 50s that will feel down right cold compared to the back-to-back 90s we've had. it's going to be a toasty one today, jerry. temperatures up into the mid 80s once again. >> chuck, we will be prepared. let's see how we're doing. early morning thursday morning commute getting under way. quiet northbound and southbound right now. as you make the trip on the capital beltway no hangups. let's see how we're doing along 270 southbound there was overnight road work headed out of gaithersburg, they are in the process of picking that up. northbound still working on the roadway, but no significant delays so far
>>> tragedy. 25 dead, four still missing in a west virginia coal mine in the worst u.s. mining disaster in decades. >>> tiger's take. tiger woods prepares for the masters after facing the media at augusta. >> i take full responsibility for what i've done and i don't take that lightly. >>> and on top of the world. duke's blue devils beat the butler bulldogs for their fourth ncaa title. >> and duke is the king of the dance 2010. >>> this is the "cbs morning news" for tuesday, april 6th, >>> this is the "cbs morning news" for tuesday, april 6th, 2010. captioning funded by cbs >>> good morning. thanks for joining us. i'm michelle gielan. a coal mine explosion in west virginia has killed at least 25 miners at a coal mine with a history of safety issues. it's the worst mine disaster in this country since 1984. at least four other miners are missing, trapped more than 1,000 feet underground. the rescue operations at the upper big branch mine have been suspended due to a buildup of methane gas. the explosion struck the mine yesterday afternoon. steve dunlop has more. >> reporter: siren
virginia mine explosion. >> our job is to be out there and do those things that the majority of people probably never think about. >> prince george's county honors some of its biggest men and women. a man can only try... and try. i heard eating whole grain oats can help lower my cholesterol. it's gonna be tough...so tough. my wife and i want to lower our cholesterol, but finding healthy food that tastes good is torturous. your father is suffering. [ male announcer ] honey nut cheerios tastes great and can help lower cholesterol. bee happy. bee healthy. [ female announcer ] try new chocolate cheerios with a touch of delicious chocolate taste in every bite. >>> senate republicans have just lost action on the furniture reform bill. this is the first set and a -- first step in a long process. says minene's owner samples were saved before the explosion. massey energy says that before the blast, a foreman took air samples as part of a shift change. the company says the tests showed no high bubbles of explosive gases and the air flow was fine. 29 miners died in the explosion. a senate hearing
this morning, breaking news overnight. the deadly mine explosion in western virginia. >> 25 have been killed, making it the deadliest accident in more than 25 years. they will continue to search for the remaining four missing miners. here are the late breaking details. >> overnight, the news from this west virginia mine only got worse. 25 have been confirmed dead. it was after a massive composure -- explosion. rescue teams poured into the remote areas in the west virginia mountains. >> we have seen a bunch of rescue teams go by. >> crews are pushing through the rubble after the blast, ultimately confirming the fears of so many waiting above ground. adding to their frustration, words that the effort to find four more miners has been put on hold. the condition inside the shaft is too dangerous to continue their search. >> if another explosion had occurred, we would have lost 50 rescuers. it would have been something unfathomable. >> all we can do as a community is come together and pray. we are all coal mining families. >> families that understand the real dangers of the job. they have no way
ceremonies will be held across virginia today on the third anniversary of the virginia tech massacre. on april 16, 2007, a student opened fire on the blacksburg campus killing 32 people before turning the gun on himself. today at 9:30 a.m., governor bob mcdonald will lead a ceremony at the capitol. as part of the ceremony, the bell tower will ring 32 times in remembrance and honor of the victims. virginia tech has canceled all classes today. >>> on the same day as this anniversary, three virginia congressmen are urging their colleagues to sue closing the gun show loophole. the three are pushing the bill that would require private sellers to perform background check for buyers at gun shows. the families of the victims of the virginia tech tragedy are sue you porting the bill. >>> the pentagon is changing its policy on how privately owned guns can be handled at military installations in wake of year's deadly shooting at ft. hood. robert gates is ordering a new policy to cover all branches of the military. he wants an interim plan in place by june with a permanent policy implemented nex
in west virginia where today we could get more news as the rescue attempts start up again this morning. hi, john. >> reporter: good morning, kiran. it looks like they are a little ways away from the signing ceremony. >> we are expecting a press conference in the next 20 minutes here at the marsh fork element stare school. if things went as scheduled, four teams of eight rescuers should be in the mile a little more than an hour and a half. they have to get down five miles to where the miners are believed to be trapped. they have spent the last 18, almost 24 hours clearing the mine of toxic levels of methane. they have it down to a level where it is nonexplosive but not nondangerous. they hope to have some word if things can progreg and they don't run into unforeseen circumstances in the mine probably somewhere in the next couple of hours or so, we may know the fate of those four miners. it is such a tragedy that happened on monday afternoon, 25 lives taken. three of the lives were from the same family. last night, after a prayer vigil in a nearby town, i sat down with the mother, the aunt a
on the scene in raleigh county, west virginia. back to you. -- we should know more about 6:30. >>> we'll carry a news conference live at 6:30 this morning. law enforcement officials say a foreign dip los alamitos from the qatar embassy here in the district was on board a united airlines flight when he tried to smoke in the bathroom. investigators say he made a joke about lighting his shoes on fire when he was asked about the smell of smoke. authorities didn't find any explosives. they say he wasn't trying to harm anybody. the embassy of qatar did release a statement saying in part he was certainly not engaged in any threatening activity. facts were revealed this ways mistake and we urge all concerned parties to avoid reckless judgments or speculation. >>> coming up next, virginiaance governor makes an apology over his decision to declare april confederate history month in the commonwealth. what was left out of his decree he called a major omission. >>> new information about the discussion among toyota's higher-ups before the company went public with problems about its accelerator pedal. we are
virginia local act striss gathered in fredericksburg and woodbridge. about 150 tea party activists came to hear mostly republican elected leaders rail against washington. the headliner here is former virginia governor and senator george allen. >> when we see up in washington, these days, are people that are disconnected. they are out of touch. they are about as clueless as hogs looking at a timex watch. >> reporter: it provides sleeg answer for the party activists' anger. november is coming. way my country back. their battle flag, revolutionary era don't tread on me. most say government spending and health care reform drew them to the tea party movement. >> it is time for the silent majority to stand up and say hey, folks, we are here, too. we deserve to be heard also. >> they are not representing me or this country. . when they choose for our laws t be passed, taxes go to abortion, which is murder of children, and they are not listening. they are not listening to anything. they are spending beyond belief. >> reporter: this woman says her biggest concern is the president himself. >> i t
virginia mine. rescue crews got inside, but now the quality of air has become too dangerous and crews are being pulled out. what happens next. >>> tiger woods, it's just a few hours away from teeing off the masters, but before his first drive, a haunting new ad is creating a lot of buzz. it featuring the voice of his voice. >> you'll find out what thinking was, i want to find out what your feelings are, and did you learn anything? >> advertising guru donny deutsch will join me to talk about this ad. what does donny, think and what are people on the blog saying about it? this is a hot topic today. >>> we saturday off with a diplomat from the middle east as he caused a bomb scare aboard a united airlines flight last nichlt federal marshals confronted the man, a diplomat from qatar, after he emerged from the bathroom smelling of smoke. smoked a cigarette and tried to cover it up, and then reportedly made a flippant comment to light his shoes. that was enough for the marshals to apprehend him. two fighter jets were scrambled in this. pete williams is the justice correspondent. what more d
is okay. 95 virginia has a tractor- trailer that jackknifed and lost its rear axle. other than that. this is 95 northbound in virginia, north of the rappahannock river bridge. only one lane gets by to the left. 55 minutes just to get out of fredericksburg. the alternate is not much better. >> brand new video, a fire broke out at a building on georgetown university campus. it happened along the 3700 block of o street in northwest. the details are scarce. >> our top story this morning, two prince george's county police officers are being punished for their role in the video. you saw it first on abc 7. both are serving suspension while the department conducts an internal investigation into brutality claims. this morning we are learning new details about who is officers are. brianne carter is in college park with details. >> good morning. according to the police department, they have identified all the officers involved in the video. so far, two police officers have been suspended. more suspensions may be forthcoming. police said all of the officers involved in the beating at the univer
side, maryland. 39 in springfield and dale city. 37 in manassas. 39 martinsburg, west virginia. when a nice day it will be today. plenty of sunshine today. that's how the irish republican army would say it. 76 degree. >> we have a wrinkle the rush hour. folks coming out of fredericksburg, 95 northbound before you get to -- sorry, north of route 3 before route 17, accident to the left. trackter tiler involved. route 3 to route 1 to 17, back over to i-95. relatively easy. overnight road work, the interchange at quantico should be wrapped up. let's head over to see how we are doing elsewhere. road work on the inner loop. braddock road, few moments ago, flashing lights. they are still out there. >> jerry, thank you. >>> it is now 18 minutes before the top of the hour. why there's suddenly more rest for the weary along virginia's highways. >> search for two missing cousins. why their cell phones could be a crucial clue about what happened to them. >>> a father ar renchlgts cue efforts continue in china following strong earthquakes that struck a mountainous reege original near tibet yester
virginia, people are remembering the 25 miners lost. four miners are still unaccounted for. the rescuers had started drilling to try to release toxic gases from the mind. inspectors cited that might nearly 550 times last year for safety violations. we will have a live report coming up. >>> d.c. teachers might have reason to celebrate today. a new contract is almost a done deal. courtney robinson has details. >> good morning. this has been a long fight for d.c. public school administrators and the washington teachers union. according to information on the website late last fight, it seems they have reached a tentative agreement in negotiations about a new contract. for all of the teachers, they will see an 11% raise. it comes as part of the pact where teachers will see about a 20% salary increase, much of it paid for through and a typical arrangement. $64.5 million, and from private foundations. that the chief financial officer to make sure that the money they are guaranteeing is sound. then it will go before the teachers union. then before council for approval. it is still a long process
, 83 degrees in springfield, virginia. already 83 in fairfax county out at dulles international airport where the record high today at dulles is only 84. so they're 1 degree away from tiths record and two from breaking it already at dulles international airport. of course, dulles' airport records only go back to 1963. the record at national airport is 94 degrees back to 1929. temperatures are going to continue to warm here as we have this strong western atlantic ridge of high pressure, the old bermuda high we usually talk about in august and july, it's here in april. sunny today. near record high temperatures. no doubt about it. the uv index is high today. spf 30 or better if you're going to spend time outside. highs today, 88 to 94 degrees. wait till you hear the list of impressive cities we beat to 90 degrees this year, including your hometown. >> all right. that means las vegas. >> that's right. >> all right. thank you. jerry edwards has an update on our midday traffic. how is it rolling along in this heat? >> good morning to you, good morning, everyone. tough going because of the ro
, virginia attorney general jim cuccinelli is getting ready to do battle again, this time filing a notice of appeal to the epa over new fuel efficiency rules for cars built between 2004 and 2016. he is already suing the epa over the epa sent greenhouse gases are legal. >>> jennifer hutson is the new face of weak watchers. she says she has always been happy with her curves, but she said she needed to take control of her body and eating habits. she says the wait is coming off. she is not saying how much weight she has lost just yet. >> she looks good. >>> some laughter tonight, all for a good cause, maurn bunyan took part in the dancing with the czars. maureen has participated in the skit at least a dozen years. they're upgrading housing for the poor, elderly, and disabled. >>> dancing on to the stars tonight? >> the cherry blossoms and the stars, temperatures tumbling quickly, but don't worry, tomorrow it will be great again. outside, the nation's capital, a lot of visitors. great weather, this is a nice treat, a welcome change from what we had this past winter. the weatherbug network, thr
in on the capital beltway until virginia. lots of traffic heading up this way. we have a report of an accident on the inner loop at braddic. that's going to cause delays for folks. on the outer loop looking good. 20 minutes will take you down to 395. a quick check of your commute. back to you. >>> it's official. toyota say it's will pay a penalty but the company is not admitting gilt. the government said they will pay a fine for failing to alert authorities >> it makes a lot of sense sense for their legal position but i think that we all know behind that is okay, we did something wrong and here's our way of trying to make up for it with the united states government. >> toyota's troubles continue to mount. the car company has announced a voluntarily recall of one of its luxury models. the 2010 lexus good 20. they discovered a rollover problem and announced those results last week as well. toyota says a software update should fix the problem. >>> the head of the senate banking committee says reforms in the financial industry are needed to keep firms that are too big to fail from doing damage i
-benz financial. ♪ >>> breaking developments coming in from west virginia as rescuers continue to search for survivors in a coal mine explosion. the eagle has landed. donovan mcnabb is in washington tonight. what he is doing on the eve of his formal introduction. the government is telling toyota to pay up for knowingly hiding a dangerous defect. >> of live, and then h. d., this is abc7 breaking news. >> breaking news coming in from west virginia were dozens of rescuers are searching at this hour to find missing miners after an explosion. we are monitoring the new developments. jay, what have you learned? >> we are 30 miles west of charleston west virginia. teams are working to find and free more than one dozen trapped monday afternoon, an explosion rocked the energy company in raleigh county west virginia. safety officials at the scene say that the underground explosion killed seven workers and injured others and has left 19 miners and accounted for. at 9 rescue teams have converged on the site to help find survivors. >> we have rescue teams that are underground and advancing as quickly
in february. >>> police are looking for a man accused of raping a woman in alexandria, virginia. it happened a few blocks east of the king street metro stop. the man grabbed the victim and threatened her with a cutter. police do not have a detailed description of the suspect. investigators are hoping anyone with information about the case will come forward. >>> letters telling hundreds of virginia felons to write a personal letter to the governor to get voting rights back were in error. a spokesman for the governor says the potential requirement is only a draft policy proposal. the letter stated as a new requirement nonviolent offenders must explain the circumstances of their arrest and conviction and detail their efforts to get a job and seek an education. virginia would be the only state to require a letter for thes restore ration of civil rights. >>> the death toll continues to rise from a strong earthquake in western china. there are reports that 300 are dead and 8,000 hurt as rescue workers struggle to dig people out. the u.s. geological survey says it measures 6.9. rescue efforts were
stay tuned for all that enough and the latest from west virginia as we roll on. martha: we'll see you tomorrow. jane: good morning, i'm jane skinner, jon: i'm jon scott, "happening now" in the top box, minutes away from the news conference with the governor of west virginia on the country's deadliest mine disaster in 25 years. we expect we'll hear more about the fate of those four miners still missing. jane: in the middle we're waiting to see in court attorneys for three teenagers charged with bullying the 15-year-old girl, phoebie prince, so merslessly, according to prosecutors, she committed suicide. these kids are among nine classmates charged in her death. jon: in the bottom locks, eon gonzalez captivated the nation in 199 before he was sent back to cuba. guess what, he's 16 years old now. we'll show you what he looks like. jane: here's what's happening now in the newsroom, live pictures, we're working hard to bring you the latest on all that's developing. jon: we begin in west virginia, where a stunned community prays and hose, at least 25 miners dead after an underground exp
in west virginia. >>> we're going go back to montcoal this evening at 10. you can follow the latest developments on our website, for updates on the recovery efforts and an in-depth look at the safety history from massy energy company, running the mine where the explosion happens, it's on our home page at www.myfoxdc.com. >>> and following breaking news on a bombshell e-mail from a toyota executive. the "associated press" reports that five days before the massive recall, an executive wrote, quote, we need to come clean. the ap said the e-mail came from herve miller, a company vice president and went on to say, quote, the time to hide on this one is over, and quotes, we're not protecting our customers by keeping this quiet. the report claims that miller wrote the e-mail as toyota officials were on their way to washington to discuss accelerator problems with the federal regulators. >>> friends and family are burying two -- funeral services were held today for boyd. the 18-year-old and three others were shot and killed last week on south capitol street in southeast. the mourners gathere
coming up. >> thank you wyatt. >>> now the latest on last week's deadly mine explosion in west virginia. mining inspectors are investigating 30 other underground mines owned by the company. they found more than 06 serious violations in west virginia, kentucky and virginia. 29 people were killed in the explosion at the company's upper big branch mine. >>> the volcano in iceland forced a no-fly zone for a second day. a cloud of ash grounded flights and turned airports into make-shift motels for tens of thousands of stranded travelers. in amsterdam passengers are not boarding. they are getting blankets for make-shift beds set up in the terminal. 2,000 people spent the night there. today alone estimated 17,000 flights will be canceled. that's the worse disruption of air travel since 9/11. the cloud can bring down a jetliner if it is sucked up into the engine. it is covering northern europe all the way over to russia. >> our radar is not sufficiently reliable. even the radar on the ground to be able to tell us where these particles are in every instance. the only possible way of handling thi
in the search for four missing west virginia miners. toxic air has forced rescuers out of the mine. we'll take you to the scene. >>> plus, questions we've been asking about toyota executives all along. what did they know about the safety problems? when did they know it? when were they warned? today we have a troubling new answer. >>> also, virginia's governor still says there should be a confederate history month. he's apologizing for leaving out any reference to slavery in his original proclamation. that is not soothing his critics. people on both sides are up in arms over thisser shoe. they're blogging about it like mad. we're going to step back. we're going to take a deep breath and have an honest discussion about the confederacy and what role it plays in american history. should there be a confederate history month? if you haven't chimed in, go to facebook and do it now on my facebook page. >>> as i said, let's go right back to vest wirnlg wirnlg and follow up on what is going on. brooke baldwin is in naoma, west virginia. they have had a serious setback in their attempts to reach those fo
will let you know if anything develops at our airport as well. >>> virginia's governor responded to the controversy surrounding confederate history. bob mcdonnell is apologizing for not including slavery in the official proclamation declaring april as confederate history month. the proclamation has been changed, but now political opponents are attacking bob mcdonnell for recognizing confederate history at all. cynne simpson has that story. >> if you look throughout alexandria, va., you will notice several monuments similar to this that stand in memory of the thousands who fought for the confederacy, and there are many who feel it is critical this history lives on. more than 20,000 virginia soldiers died fighting for the south during the war, a sacrifice many say should be taught to all americans. >> you have to know all of your history, the good and bad. >> we need an accurate portrayal of what the united states was involved in. we need to make sure that happens correctly. >> when governor bob mcdonnell proclaimed april confederate history month, it reopened it deep wounds. >> i
. yesterday's accident in the west virginia mine is already blamed for killing 25 workers. the hope now, the four others somehow survived. fox 5's tom fitzgerald live near the search site with the latest. tom? >> reporter: brian, of those 25, 14 bodies are still in that mine tonight, and the four that you were referring to, they just do not know what their condition is at this point. the goal here is to drill these ventilation holes but that work will not go quickly. it's methodical work 100 feet per hour. at that rate to get down to the mine 1200 feet into this mountain behind us tonight, we are expecting we're told that that ventilation shaft will not be open to the mine itself until at least noon tomorrow. at this point, the explosion is rocking this area with people coming down to the command station and also checking in with local authorities. what the governor told us is the search was called off at 2:30 this morning after search crews became concerned about another methane buildup within the mine shaft. the c.e.o. of theompany that owns this mine say they do not know what caused
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